Date: Tue, 13 May 2008 09:06:23 -0600
Reply-To: Alan Churchill <savian001@GMAIL.COM>
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From: Alan Churchill <savian001@GMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Any remaining reasons to export to XPT?
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I never use xpt files but there is not a lot of choice for SAS datasets to
be exported/imported from if we look at the following as criteria:
1. Have embedded metadata
2. Do not require a SAS Access license
I personally would use XML but that is still limited until 9.2 becomes more
widely available. XML is definitely a good replacement long term, especially
with gzipped XML.
From: SAS(r) Discussion [mailto:SAS-L@LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] On Behalf Of Keintz,
Sent: Tuesday, May 13, 2008 8:31 AM
Subject: Any remaining reasons to export to XPT?
Dear SAS-L folks.
Is there any reason that you would suggest a user "proc export" SAS data
to XPT format, given the wide array of alternative export formats and
SAS data engines?
I used to recommend XPT to make it easy for Stata users (the Stata
FDAUSE statement reads XPT files), accepting the downside that XPT would
not support long variable names (over 8 characters). But since SAS 9.1
can directly create Stata datasets, this is no longer an advantage.
Since (I believe) PROC CPORT/CIMPORT goes back to SAS version 6, I am
unaware of any notable contexts in which I would export SAS data to the